'It is finished.'
These words can be a little confusing. When I read them I can't help but think, 'Really, Jesus?'
Because we all know that when He said these words there was still the resurrection to come . . . all the ways the Holy Spirit comes to us . . . and even how Jesus comes to us in the Mass every day through the Holy Eucharist.
So what exactly was Jesus talking about when He said, 'It is finished'?
I began praying about this and reading articles and meditations about it. The one that stood out to me the most said that at that point Jesus had done everything humanly possible to save us. When he said ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâèÏIt is finished' it was a sign that he could no longer do anything, He wanted to leave the rest up to His father.
By this point in time, Jesus had healed the sick, cured the blind, raised the dead, loved the loveless, gave hope to the hopeless; and He was saying ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâèÏI have done everything I can, Now I have to trust in God the father to do the rest.'
How often do we do that? It's a difficult thing to do.
I have a friend who I've been very close with since high school. We didn't see each other very often, but when we did we were always close and loved hanging out together. She always meant a lot to me. Unfortunately as I grew older I let my pride get the best of me and I didn't treat her like the good friend she was. Not because I didn't care about her . . . I was just so focused on trying to be someone else, I lost sense of who I was.
I lost her trust and her friendship about three years ago and I've been regretting it ever since. I've tried apologizing but it hasn't been enough. It breaks my heart. I know she has her reasons to distrust me and I don't hold it against her at all. But I miss her.
This past weekend I was praying about ‘Ìâ‰âÂÌâèÏIt is finished' and how Jesus did so much to fight for us and grant us forgiveness and to bring us to heaven. Still, at the end He leaves the rest up to His father.
I realized that if we're supposed to follow Jesus' example in our own lives, I have to imitate His surrender too. If I've given everything in trying to mend my broken friendship, now instead of continuing to attempt fix it myself, I must say, 'It is finished.' I have to give it to God the Father and trust that He will make up where my efforts are lacking.
Think about it – how often do we get into situations where we so desperately want to figure it out on our own? We think we have to do everything to fix it . . . that it all depends on us. It's in these moments we have to trust in God's plan and place our efforts in His hands.
'It is finished.'
That's all you have to say. If you have given it your all, then realize that God will handle the rest.